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The Language of the Flowers was a popular method to express feelings where words might be improper, but did you know other means of doing so? Some ladies used their parasols, as well as their fans, gloves, and hankies to flirt with a gentleman (or alternatively, tell them to shove it!). — Bree


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September 9th, 1888, just after the Slytherin Quidditch Tryouts — Outside the Hogwarts Quidditch Pitch

After her run-in at the pitch with Eldin Bones, she'd slinked off the moment that tryouts had ended and tried to slip back to the castle unseen by anyone else - especially Leah. She'd told her she wasn't going to come and yet had somehow found herself sat upon the bleachers anyhow. It was likely Leah hadn't even noticed her there and there would be no explaining to do. With her hood pulled up over her head, she distanced herself from the crowd of spectators heading up toward the castle in fear that someone would recognize her.

It was too little too late when she heard footsteps coming up behind her - at a run - and felt the hood of her cloak wrenched back. Her face was hit with the chill of early autumn. The top of her hair was frizzed from the cloak, giving her a distinctly disheveled appearance.

Eyes wide, she spun around, ready to lay into whoever had destroyed her disguise, "Excuse me!" Her ferocity was immediately extinguished at the sight of the one person she had hoped not to see staring accusingly at her. "Lee! You surprised me!" She laughed guiltily, "Funny running into you here. What are you up to?"


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After hearing of Kristoffer Lestrange's treatment towards her Prudence, her best friend, Leah had swore that she would get revenge. The only problem was, Kristoffer Lestrange was older, taller, stronger, and more powerful than her with that little prefect badge stuck to his robes, and she - well, she was just little Miss Beauregard. Without any solid ideas for revenge, Leah had started at the most obvious - yet the most unassuming, from an outsider's perspective - starting point: quidditch tryouts.

Kristoffer Lestrange was the captain, and if she managed to get on the team, she could sabotage their games (subtly, she hoped, as she really had no desire to get booed by the stands of Slytherin) simply to ruin his chance of racking up more accolades. She'd barked with laughter when hearing that he'd been passed over for head boy - and she didn't even have to do anything to ruin his chance at that!

She'd also warned Prudence to stay away from him during the carriage ride to the castle, but unsurprisingly, the Gryffindor - brash as impulsive, as if she was just itching to prove the stereotype true - had followed her.

She'd taken the first opportunity to leave that she could, fortunately catching up with with oh so mysterious figure right as she was leaving the pitch. She yanked her hood off their head, no doubt that the figure was that of Pru, and silently congratulated herself at the revelation that she'd been right.

"Pru," she scolded, folding her arms across her chest. "You know what I told you."




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"What do you mean?" She giggled nervously again and shrugged innocently, "I don't remember you telling me anything. I was practicing memory charms earlier. Think I may have done some incorrectly."

Prudence knew that Lee would call her out immediately for the lie, but found it amusing nonetheless. It was more fun to tiptoe around her mistake than to openly admit to it. Besides, on the off chance that her best friend actually believed her, this was something that she might be able to get away with. Too bad she wasn't actually practicing her memory charms. It would have come in handy just now and Leah wouldn't even remember seeing her here...


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Lips pursed, Leah adjusted her stance, making it clear that she believed none of Prudence's jibber-jabber.

"Nothing you say or do will convince me you didn't come against my wishes," she declared with an uppity tsk tsk. "You could have been seen. You could have been killed. I'm still not one-hundred percent sure Kristoffer Lestrange isn't a murderous sociopath in disguise."

(At minimum, he was scary - very, very scary, and Leah would never leave the dungeon if Prudence died.)




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Pru snorted and rolled her eyes, "You're being dramatic, Lee. Nobody is going to kill me. I mean yeah, he threatened me last year, but it's been months and nothing bad has happened. It's just a quidditch rivalry." Or so she told herself, despite the idea of being within 10 feet of him sent an uneasy chill up her spine. She didn't want to get stuck in a room alone with him, that was for sure.


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Leah glared at Prudence, but nevertheless moved to wrap an arm around her cloaked body. Who knew where Lestrange - or any of his other drudges, really - would be lurking after practice, and Leah had no desire for him to see her best friend lurking nearby. "He's forgotten your confrontation or he's been spending the past few months plotting his revenge." she explained, beginning to lead Prudence in the other direction. "Either way, I'm not willing to take that chance. Besides, I'm starving and I want a snack."




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Pru allowed her friend to lead her back toward the castle, comfortably looping her arm across Leah's shoulders in return.

"Quidditch makes you hungry - now you know why I eat so much!" She laughed, happy to head toward the great hall, "How did your tryouts go? Do you think you'll make the team?" It would be odd to sling bludgers at her best friend, but she couldn't allow herself to be disloyal to her teammates. Maybe Leah wouldn't need to have bludgers hurled at her...


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It was times like these, when Prudence wrapped an arm around her, that Leah realized just how tall she really was. And strong, really. Prudence wasn't a muscular woman - not like some of the boys - but she had more muscle than Leah ever would. And that was good, really, because Leah was better suited for confrontations, anyways: independent and strong-willed. (... Why was she thinking about this again?)

"Well now we can stuff our faces together," she teased, glancing up at Pru as they walked down the trail towards the castle. "... Assuming I make the team. I'm not sure what's going on in Lestrange's head, but I was clearly better than some of the others." And she hadn't flown regularly since first year!




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Pru nodded in agreement, "I don't think anyone knows what Lestrange is thinking." A part of her hoped that her friend made the team and the other part - the selfish part - had a hope that she wouldn't make it so that Pru wouldn't have to face the idea of having to compete against her. They were doing so well now! There'd been an uncomfortable blip over the summer, but they'd moved past that. What would competing against each other do to their friendship? Pru was incredibly competitive - fiercely so - as her very future depended on her success.


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Smiling conspiratorially, Leah leaned towards Prudence. "Which is exactly why I went and tried out, you see," she admitted. She wouldn't try out for quidditch for nothing, right? She didn't even like flying - not really! "I thought the best way to get back at Lestrange would be to sabotage the quidditch team from the inside. That way we can get revenge while also helping your future career!" she revealed.




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Pru gasped in astonishment, and then broke out into a proud grin. She wrapped both arms around her friend and gave her a quick squeeze, "Of course! Brilliant! You are bloody brilliant, Lee!" How had she not suspected that Leah had a plan to take down Lestrange? She should have known that was the reason she'd tried out for the quidditch team! This made things far less complicated. She didn't need to worry about competing against her friend. Except for the uniforms, they'd essentially be on the same team!


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Leah rolled her eyes as she hugged Prudence. "I know," she said as she pulled away, clearly proud of herself. "You didn't think I would betray you for trying out for the other team?" she added mockingly, unable to wipe her grin off her face. A Slytherin's loyalty was not always easily won, but it was rarely betrayed once earned; and in this case, her loyalty to Prudence went beyond house lines. She would only be at Hogwarts for another two years, but her friends with Prudence would—hopefully—last forever.



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